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Life Hacks

I believe as moms and busy individuals, we are always looking for a quicker, safer, better way to do things. As I’ve gotten busier over the last year, caring for another human being, I’ve looked for ways to make things easier on myself and I wanted share some of my favorite life hacks here.

My Top Life Hacks

  1. We love berries in my house, every week I buy strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. The thing is, we weren’t getting through them all in a week and I was starting to just throw them out, if I purchased them on Sunday by the following Friday there was mold growing in them. We were wasting SO much money in produce, enter the vinegar bath! I found the Food Lush article one day when I was randomly scouring the internet for a way to stop the growth of mold, I tried it after the next shopping trip and I can tell you it really TRULY works! I currently have blueberries and strawberries in the fridge from last Sunday’s shopping trip and they are free from mold and still taste amazing.I know you might be wondering whether you can taste the vinegar after you’ve washed the berries in the vinegar/water solution. Absolutely not! The mixture is so diluted that after a quick rinse, you can’t taste a thing but the delicious berry taste.
  2. More berry hacks! As mentioned above, we love berries but there is nothing more frustrating than cutting off the stem of a strawberry and losing so much of the fruit or having the hard crunchy part left behind. Try using a straw, you push it through from the bottom and it pops the stem right and any crunchy part right off. Easy peasy! 
  3. I always buy lettuce, I’ll have a salad or two but the lettuce gets gross and slimy in just a few days. I went on a hunt for a way to keep lettuce fresher longer. Try this – wash and thoroughly dry your lettuce, lay a paper towel on the bottom of the container you’re putting the lettuce in, put the lettuce in and then lay another piece on top. This works! My lettuce lasts so much longer, but check out this post on AndreaDekker.com, the lettuce in her pics is 2 weeks old and it looks fresh from the store.
  4. Tis the season for iced coffee, but stopping to buy it every single day can get pricey. Making it at home is much more affordable, but making it in the morning  and pouring hot coffee over ice just makes it watered down and taste lousy. Try making coffee ahead of time, pouring into an ice cube tray and freezing for the next morning. This way, as the “ice” melts, it not watering your cup of Joe down.
    5. And finally, because we all need more brownies in our life… How to make a single serve brownie in a coffee mug. Yum!

Your turn!

Have you tried any of these, have they worked for you?

What other life hacks have you used to enhance your life?

Would you want to be known as hot? {August NaBloPoMo}

Remember how I said I was joining into the festivities of BlogHer’s August NaBloPoMo?

BlogHer NaBloPoMo - August

August NaBloPoMo


Yeah, well I didn’t! I signed-up, was super excited about it (still am) and then the month of August proceeded to start and NaBloPoMo left my brain. I’m going to try and go back to catch-up on what I missed, but today I’m starting with August sixth’s prompt, (see them all here).

Would I like to be considered hot?


Yeah, I think I would. I’m sure it goes back to the good ole self-esteem, that I seem to lack so much of, all the time. It’s a pretty superficial judgement but we are taught and conditioned, by TV, movies or magazines on what is considered “hot.” When I look at the women (or men) who fall into this category, I always assume they have the life, that things just come easier for them, however I do realize that this is likely untrue. That many of the folks who are considered hot still probably had to work to get where they are.

I also associate hot with being thin or fit, and I so desperately want to be either. I know it doesn’t just happen and it takes hard work but I constantly like to imagine myself with a fitness instructor body and just magically waking up that way, it consumes almost every free second I have.

So if I were “hot” in my eyes, I’d be sexy, thin and fit, I’d have abs like those above. Well technically, I could have abs like those if I cut out the junk and worked hard. Now, I just need to work on motivation and find that HOT!

Question of the Day:

Would you like to be known as hot?

Are you joining NaBloPoMo, if so please share your posts and blogs below?

Baby Doodah!

You’re probably wondering, why Baby Doodah? Right?

Well that’s the nickname we’ve given to our new baby boy! (That’s him below, isn’t he the flippin’ cutest?) Anyhow, we just randomly started calling him Baby Doodah and besides his real name, which is Emmett, we call him this most frequently.  My thought was what an adorable name for my blog, since it will often be about him and life in general, I figured it worked. What do you think? Catchy, right!?  🙂

Baby Doodah!

I’ve decided that I want to share what life is like as a first time mom, and beyond! There had been many struggles that I hadn’t heard about prior to actually having a baby of my own and I’m sure there are lots of women out there who are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant that would find this information valuable. I want to share what I’ve learned and will continue to learn through the next 18 years of Emmett’s (and future siblings), my husband and my lives.

The blog will also cover a wide array of topics because I do plan on using this to share my battles with losing weight, eating right, products I love and maybe even occasionally share some of the jewelry I make (Yep! I make jewelry and sell it on Etsy. See my About Me section if you’re interested).

I hope you enjoy what I’ll be sharing and I hope you’ll be coming along for the ride!!

Welcome to Baby Doodah!

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